VirtualBox for Dummies

Okay, I'm getting just ticked off enough (isn't that the real reason any of us do anything?) that I don't want to dual-boot anymore.

I could get through an install of VirtualBox w/out too much trouble (if that's what's recommended) - it's already rolled into a .DEB package, for crying out loud. Trouble is, I don't know how to create a Win .ISO (for both those Win aps I still need). Would the system restore disc from my laptop work? If so, how do I set up the virtual disc? If not, how do I set up a blank one for use w/ regular installation CD?


Anyone have a few minutes to give a NuB a primer?


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Windows CD

A recovery CD is normally tied to a specific brand of hardware thus most likely won't work in a virtual environment. Your best bet is to either purchase a full install CD or setup Windows on a partition and configure your virtual environment to boot that partition. I've done that with VMWare Server but not Virtualbox.

Real vs. Virtual

Now you're talking!

However, the research I just did in the Ubuntu forums made booting my existing Win partition look really scary.

What method did you use, and what method would you recommend to a newbie?


Re: real vs. virtual

I already had a windows install on my hard drive and found some HOWTO for getting VMWare to use that partition. It did require some effort and it's currently not working so I'd recommend going completely virtual. Virtual machines are much less complicated to setup than booting an install from a partition.

virtual box

I setup virtual box on Debian Etch without too much trouble.

I've used mkisofs to create an iso of a directory. I believe it was 'mkisofs -J -o out.iso -r dirname'. You can load it into the virtual cd thereafter. If I remember right, you can get to files on your localhost. It's been a while.

As for the guest os install, probably need a bootable cd or image thereof (iso). I setup Win2K since that's what I had. Not sure what format they use for recovery cds.

Documentation was pretty good for what I wanted to do. Haven't had a lot of time to do much with it - networking, etc.

Hope this helps.